CAPTION: GreenLand Coral Life Orchestral Band performing during the Lagos State branch of Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria, ISPON, end of year party held at MAN CENTER, Wemabod Estate, Ikeja, Lagos on Friday 19 December 2014
The Lagos state branch of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria, ISPON, on Friday 19th December hosted the 2014 Lagos Safety End of the Year Party with the Regional Vice President, ISPON, Dr. Esther Williams says the safety professionals are to focus on climate change and infrastructural development in 2015.
The Vice President who spoke to the press during the party which was held at the branch secretariats at MAN Center, WEMABOD Estate, Ikeja added that members should focus to contribute positively to growth of the institute and the nation.
Dr. Williams urged members to ensure that they do their best to remain professionals, adding that in 2015 the institute is going to intensify her efforts in organizing conferences and workshops as a means of continuous professional development to train people to get more skill competence and knowledge.
Appraising the work done in her region, she has this to say of the Lagos state branch of the institute: “I think the Lagos state branch has made impact in ISPON in recent time, they are really trying and they are really moving forward.
“I am at peace and happy to be part of this end of the year party, because it is not easy for us to bring someone from January up to this moment, even as a professional body it is good to gather together to appreciate God for what he has done for us. He has kept us safe, we did not lose any body and I think it is good to celebrate and to celebrate the reason of this season, which is our lord Jesus Christ. Lagos branch has taken a good initiative to host this party”
Relishing the mood of the evening, the Lagos Branch Chairman and Host of the party, Engr. Timothy Iwuagwu said the night is all about merry making and appreciation to God for seeing the branch through a very successful year.
“It is a merry making mood; it’s about thanksgiving. We are going to keep away the officialdom and the protocols of safety practices, but because safety is a culture, we have imbibed, and it has become natural and habitual in our everyday activities, we remain very cautious based on our awareness. So, we are expecting members to interact among themselves,” he said.
He however noted that he is expecting more from the branch in 2015, irrespective of what they have achieved in 2014.
In his words, “In the year ahead Lagos state branch is suppose to become even more vibrant because we are going to expand. In year 2015, I look forward to seeing ISPON Lagos with a very wide membership from both corporate and individuals. There will be a lot of training, sensitization workshops, collaboration with schools, and tertiary institutions.
“We are going to reach out to the artisans and trades men. In the past, I have looked at safety practices as an elitist set of objectives, but it is not so. We are going to look at the artisan; they are mainly at risk because of ignorant, they are working in most unsafe conditions and unsafe act. This is very common among them; we are going to look at them in our advocacy mission so that our service to humanity can be complete.”
Revealing the collaborative move to other states within the region, he said, “Today there is little or no more political boundary between Lagos and its neighboring state. The Ogun state branch of the institute is one of the areas in our region that we expect to reach out to. We want to improve its image and make it more vibrant thereby expanding the coast of ISPON within the south west Zone.”
The Chairman Ogun State Branch, Mr. Gbolahan Ogunmefun, said that a party of this type would give room for networking, improve relationships and growth of the institute.
Ogunmefun, used the opportunity to invite all to the Ogun state branch workshop in March, 2015. He said, “…we are having a program coming up in March; we are having a workshop, first of its kind in Ogun state; it is going to be held in Ota. It is a professional workshop. We are working, all hands are on deck to make it a success, and it is a two-day program. I am inviting every one.
Appreciating members of the Executives of Lagos branch for the great work done throughout the year, the Secretary of the Branch, Mr. Harold Echendu said, “This branch has been blessed. People are giving kudos to us. It is not hidden that people are now commenting positively about the branch. You can see it everywhere the achievement of this executives in Lagos branch.
Matthew Evogor, Training Administration officer, said, “Today is a special day in the history of Lagos state branch of ISPON. The occasion we are witnessing today we have not witnessed before and it is the first of its kind of getting together and making the people to fall back to reflect on what we have done all year, remembering that there is a time to work and a time to relax and that is the essence of today’s gathering.
“We also appreciate God for what he is doing in the branch, the leadership on board and what God is doing presently; He is taking the institute to the next level. I belief this change will continue even in the next administration to make sure that the vision of the institute is actualized. We are happy today, everybody in the branch are always happy including myself”’